NBA Playoffs 2012: Is Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo Becoming a Shooter?

Ezra SkobeloffCorrespondent IJune 1, 2012

Rajon Rondo has been shooting the lights out since the end of Game 7 in Round 2
Rajon Rondo has been shooting the lights out since the end of Game 7 in Round 2J. Meric/Getty Images

In the 2012 NBA playoffs, Boston Celtics' guard Rajon Rondo has been extraordinary.

Rondo has always had the all-around game. He scores, he rebounds, he makes plays for his teammates, and he's an elite defender. The only weakness Rondo ever had was his inability to shoot.

But seemingly since the end of the series between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers—and I mean literally the end—Rondo has found a way to make shots.

His game is still all about attacking the rim, but isn't that the case for anyone who is a scorer?

It's not just that Rondo is making all of these jumpers, but it feels like he's hitting only nylon. His stroke looks so smooth, so comfortable, so natural.

They may have been in a seemingly non-winnable situation, but Rondo made two three-pointers in 12 seconds in overtime to make the game closer than it should have been.

The last shot of his 44-point performance was a ridiculous 28-foot shot that didn't sniff rim. It made me immediately think about what this player might be able to accomplish in the immediate future.

Could this be the start of a new course in his career?

Dating back to 4:16 remaining in Game 7 against the Sixers, and despite a sub-par Game 1 against the Miami Heat, Rajon Rondo is shooting 58.3 percent from the field at 28-for-38. He's also 3-for-4 from three and 14-for-16 from the line.

Am I saying that he's a sniper all of the sudden? He became Paul Pierce at the end of Game 7, and now he's moving up to being a Ray Allen-like jump shooter? No.

But could Rajon Rondo have found something—or figured something out? The incredible Boston point guard certainly has for now.

If I had to guess, I'd say that no matter how this story ends for the Boston Celtics this season, Rajon Rondo will be spending more time than ever working on his shot this summer.

I can't wait to see what he proves next season. But for now, let's revel in his breathtaking play and try not to take it for granted.